no more mages = minorities shit. that direct parallel is terrible. you have city elves and casteless dwarves and they make a better parallel than a group of people that are justifiably feared within the world b/c they’re ticking time bombs at worst and can kill you with a look at best. don’t try to make parallels to real disenfranchised groups using people who have magical powers. bad.
speaking of dwarves, more stories for the dwarves because that was literally the strongest writing in Origins and everything else about dwarves has been a disappointment since.
better combat. better customization options for how your character fights. Talent trees are all well and good, and they worked in Origins, but that game also let me have a tank that dual-wielded swords and axes, so bring that level of customization back.
no more war table, which made it far too easy to miss important stuff, and made it difficult to progress b/c of the anxiety around missing something crucial. if you’re gonna do war table, limit it by either limiting the number of missions allowed before the story progresses (giving the game more replayability), or make it purely about gathering resources. i fucking hated the war table.
limit on collectibles. holy shit. holy shit. You had constellation puzzles, shards, and flags? absolutely not. pick 1 and link the flags to how you uncover the map. bam. done.
bring back healing and also make a tanking system that’s less complete and absolute dogshit. i have never had less fun playing a tank class. jesus christ.
Bioware excels when it comes to telling a story about a small group of people trying to tackle an immense threat and gathering up to do that. Both Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition were the weakest of their games for me, and it feels like that’s because they moved the strategy parts of their game away from combat and dialogue choices, and into trying to collect enough resources and allies on a grand scale, rather than trying to build your team. I appreciate that they tried something new, but it doesn’t feel like it worked with either IP, so like… Please don’t.